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Obituary for Rey Le Roy Barnes

Rey Le Roy Barnes (89) of Stillwater, Oklahoma, formerly of Deer Lake, Washington passed away on 20 November 2022 at his home in Stillwater, OK. Rey was born April 17, 1933 in Provo, Utah, the 3rd of 5 children born to Hugh LeRoy and Araminta Bingham Barnes. He graduated from Morgan High School, attended Weber State College for a short time, and then served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Northern States Mission working primarily with Native Americans in that area. It was while serving in Wisconsin that he first became acquainted with the Ara Om Call family. When he returned home from his mission, at the request of her parents he looked up their daughter Marjorie who was going to school at Brigham Young University. She shortly became the love of his life and his eternal companion. They were married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on June 22, 1955. Marge passed away in 2009. At that time Rey and Marge had been married for more than 54 years.

Education was an important part of Rey’s life. He worked for a year after their marriage so that Marjorie could complete her B.S. degree, He then began to work on his own college education. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Utah State University and would later go on to complete a Ph.D. degree at the University of Iowa. During his professional career working in the field of Radio and Television Broadcasting Rey taught at Utah State University, the University of Utah, the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Oklahoma State University, and Eastern Washington University.

Rey was the beloved father of four sons and four daughters, Melanie Bayles (Michael) – Bartlesville, OK; Stephanie Jenson (David) – Redlands, CA; Tamra Winston (Kenneth) – Spokane, WA; Bradley (Paula) Barnes – Stillwater, OK; Bret (Maria) – East Wenatchee, WA; Jeffrey (Adam) – Coeur d’Alene, ID; Scott (Rebecca) – Pleasant Grove, UT; Melinda Lee (Christopher) – Kuwait. He was also the proud grandpa and great-grandpa to 37 grandchildren and 50 great-grandchildren. In addition to his immediate family Rey is survived by a brother Gary Barnes. He was predeceased by his wife, his parents, two brothers, one sister, and son-in-law Kenneth Winston.
Rey was a man of man with many interests and a master of trivia. He was an avid reader, writer of both professional materials and many short stories in a variety of genre, lover of nature (especially birds), and general “tinkerer”. He had the opportunity to travel to many parts of the world including a year spent teaching and consulting in Mauritius. Rey could talk with almost anyone about almost anything. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many leadership positions including Bishop. He loved teaching and served as a Sunday School teacher for more than 20 years. Rey and Marge served an LDS Church Service Mission at the Regional LDS Employment Center in Spokane.

At his request, Rey was cremated and a memorial service for family and friends will be held at 11:00 AM on January 13, 2023 at the LDS Chapel located at 401 W. Regina, Spokane, WA. Interment will be in the Woodland Cemetery, Deer Park.